Ralf Rangnick and Manchester United have confirmed they will not be going ahead with their plans for the former interim manager to become a consultant to the club.
Rangnick joined Manchester United as their interim manager after the November 2021 sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The plan was for the German to then become a consultant over a two-year period after another manager took the reins.
However, things did not go to plan for Manchester United on the pitch while Rangnick was in charge. He failed to inspire anything different to what Solskjaer had managed. Ultimately, the club finished a disappointing sixth in the Premier League.
The appointment of Erik ten Hag as his successor could lead to brighter days for the club. But Rangnick’s role has come into question recently.
The 63-year-old has been handed the task of becoming the next manager of the Austria national team. It left his ability to balance that role with his Man Utd commitments in doubt.
Now, it has been confirmed that the plans for Rangnick to continue working with Man Utd alongside that role have been scrapped.
A Man Utd statement announced: “We would like to thank Ralf Rangnick for his efforts as interim manager over the past six months.
“By mutual agreement, Ralf will now focus solely on his new role as manager of the Austria national team and will not therefore be taking up a consultancy role at Old Trafford.
“We would like to wish Ralf the best of luck in this next chapter of his career.”
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Rangnick’s immediate focus will be on Austria’s UEFA Nations League matches against Croatia, Denmark (twice) and France in June.
According to the Telegraph, he had sent messages to Ten Hag via WhatsApp. Rangnick wanted to inform his successor of his ideas about the existing squad.
However, his exact role as a consultant was always vague. Therefore, he will now end his association with Man Utd.
Despite their failure to improve under his tenure, United have no regrets about appointing Rangnick, the Telegraph claim. They felt their use of the interim strategy helped their process of finding a permanent successor to Solskjaer.
Now it will be up to Ten Hag to inspire a new era at Old Trafford.
Rangnick role always questionable
While Man Utd may have no bad feelings about their Rangnick decision, it is fair to say the change didn’t have the desired result.
Although he has a good reputation as a coach, perhaps his best role these days would be as a sporting director, or similar.
United instead felt he was capable of guiding them from the touchline. It did not go to plan.
Austria will be hoping he can achieve something else with them. But as for United, it is fair to say Rangnick won’t necessarily be missed.
The only downside would be the loss of his influence in the transfer market for Bundesliga-based players in particular. But United need to look forward now and put all this behind them.